• Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take her name off iconic crocodile handbag following PETA expose:

    Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take her name off croc handbag

    bigstory.ap.org 29 Jul '15, 2pm

    PARIS (AP) — British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over "cruel" slaughtering practices. A PETA video from June shows several reptiles at a Texas farm ...

  • Converse rolling out first update to Chuck Taylor sneakers in nearly 100 years (with photo)

    Converse rolling out first Chuck Taylor update in 98 years

    bigstory.ap.org 24 Jul '15, 1am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Converse Chuck Taylor All Star fans rejoice! Your favorite sneaker is receiving its first construction update since debuting 98 years ago. The idea behind the All Star II is comfort, Converse said in a statement Thursday. The update is made of durable Tencel canvas, as...

  • MORE: Pentagon finalizing plan to lift ban on #transgender individuals in #military:

    Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

    bigstory.ap.org 13 Jul '15, 6pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military...

  • New Balance says military slow to deliver on promise to outfit recruits in US-made sneakers:

    Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

    bigstory.ap.org 03 Jul '15, 6am

    BOSTON (AP) — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the depar...

  • Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight

    bigstory.ap.org 27 May '15, 6am

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai. The Airbus A330-300 was c...

  • First Lady Michelle Obama pays tribute to #military caregivers

    Michelle Obama pays tribute to military caregivers

    bigstory.ap.org 21 May '15, 12am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday recognized the "quiet courage" of family members who serve "right alongside" wounded warriors when they take on duties as caregivers. Mrs. Obama said the selfless stories of about 1 million caregivers often go unnoticed, though the country...

  • Teen exposes limits on free speech in Singapore, faces jail for video blog:

    Blogger, 16, exposes limits on free speech in Singapore

    bigstory.ap.org 11 May '15, 9am

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A government crackdown on a teen video blogger and independent news and opinion website has focused attention on free speech limits, and perhaps the next election, in this cosmopolitan but famously strict city-state. Five days after the death in March of Singapore's f...

  • Singapore charges teen for video attacking Lee, Christianity

    bigstory.ap.org 31 Mar '15, 6am

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A court in Singapore on Tuesday charged a teenager over a video he posted online that was critical of the nation's late founder and Christianity. In the eight-minute clip that was posted on YouTube, 16-year-old Amos Yee Pang Sang said that Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's fi...